As part of activities marking this year’s Independence Day celebration, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to dedicate the newly refurbished Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.
The renovation work, valued at US$18m, was completed by the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in March and was turned over to the Liberian government.
The reconstruction of the sports complex became necessary because of the breakdown of the electronic scoreboard, the playing pitch, among others.
Another reason was the frequent problem with overcrowding, of which in 2008, eight spectators reportedly died of suffocation following a football match. In 2014 several spectators were reported to have fainted.
After the dedication of the stadium, it will be used as the home ground for the national soccer team, the Lone Star, in continental and international matches.
Programs marking the dedication will be followed by the kickoff of the “Who Owns the Land” tournament organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports that is meant to recognize the President’s contributions to the development of sports.
The tournament will last for two days and will feature the football and kickball teams of last year’s County Meet semi-finalists Montserrado, Nimba, Margibi, and Maryland counties.